Federal Allies News March 2013

March 3, 2013

Washington Days Conference May 6-7, 2013, Washington, D.C. – You Are Invited!

The basic two-day framework for the annual national Washington Days Conference includes one full- day of federal contractor small business development including general sessions, workshops, one-on-one matchmaking, and reception,  followed by a second full-day touting the FAI Legislative Program on Capitol Hill with presentations, Congressional office visits, and Congressional reception.

We invite small businesses from across America and we invite decision makers from the federal government.  Once registered, both groups are welcomed to recommend additional speakers or participants to the conference whether from a specific government agency or a specific small business NAICS code, respectively, so register early to have the greatest impact on the conference agenda – topics, government personnel, set-asides, primes, and NAICS codes.

Since the conference is all about maximizing your results that includes maintaining a low ratio of government to small business registrants – even limiting attendance by one group or the other – which in these days of massive for-profit national federal procurement conferences may be considered heresy– but as Federal Allies is set up as a true non-profit our number goal is your results and not to see how many tickets we can sell, so register early.

We make every effort to connect registrants prior to the conference to get the ball rolling.  And then continue to build relationships with you for one year following the conference via the Federal Allies Network, our federal contracting community.  Add to it a vast network of experienced federal contractor experts who volunteer to answer your questions or to help you make that needed connection, the Washington Days Conference is ideal for your small business.

And an ideal way for Federal Allies to promote important small business legislation and regulatory flexibility which we work at year round, such as the National Defense Authorization Act, which bundled many pieces of small business legislation that you should know about.  Washington Days Conference registration begins 12:00 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

U.S. House Small Business Committee Update

Federal Allies attended the February 27, 2013 U.S. House Small Business Committee meeting chaired by U.S. Congressman Sam Graves, Missouri, where they worked on improving the overall efficacy of U.S. Small Business Administration programs and the potential effect of the Sequester on SBA programs to make capital available, provide advice, and increase utilization of small businesses as federal contractors.  Ultimately, selective reductions in the SBA budget must reduce federal spending without undermining assistance to America’s best job creators – small businesses.  What are your thoughts?

Chapter Expansion

Federal Allies continues to meet about small business issues and programming, and bringing Washington Days Conference to your state, commonwealth, or territory.  Our current collaboration in Oklahoma is a Mentor Protégé Roundtable set for the Oklahoma City Marriott.

For more information, visit FederalAllies.org today.


Federal Allies News February 2013

February 1, 2013

Impact Federal Mentor-Protégé Rulemaking – Come to Oklahoma!

Small Business recommendations are being sought on federal Mentor Protégé Rulemaking.  The Federal Allies Institute Oklahoma Chapter is collaborating with a number of entities such as Mid America Government Industry Coalition that will sponsor Region VI Roundtable on Mentor-Protégé Agreements conference March 26-28, 2013 at the Oklahoma City Marriott.  “Key to the Federal Allies Network and the basis of FAI as an organization is grassroots collaboration,” said Mickey Thompson, FAI Oklahoma Chapter Chairman.

Small business representatives from the federal government will review the current status of the mentor-protégé program and meet with small businesses to explain the benefits of the program. Plenary sessions will be conducted to discuss the upcoming rulemaking in order to get input on different approaches to expanding and strengthening the mentor-protégé programs. These recommendations are to be presented in concert with the FAI Oklahoma Chapter to the national Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors for consideration, prioritization and adoption by the entire FAI membership.

“We know that federal contracting has no borders and input is critical to impacting the upcoming rulemaking process for the Mentor-Protégé Program.  We intend to be heard before the rules are published,” said Kay Bills, President, Mid America Government Industry Coalition, Inc.

Mentor-Protégé issues are on the agenda of Washington Days Conference, May 6-7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. to be held near Capitol Hill and close to the headquarters of most federal agencies.  “In this instance, the Federal Allies Network is able to add value to the small business federal contracting community by convening and facilitating direct communications between business and government at the conference, but our Washington presence enables FAI to take it a step further by enabling continual communications and in-person interactions year round on behalf of our members” said, Frank Clay, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Federal Allies Institute.  For more information, visit FederalAllies.org

Use the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2013 to Succeed in Federal Contracting

Why tackle contracting alone?  Federal Allies invites Small Business entrepreneurs to take advantage of its special breakfast series on boot-strapping Small Business.   The February 5 NDAA breakfast seminar is made possible by FAI and U.S. House Small Business Committee and features presentations by Corey E. Cooke, Associate Counsel, U.S. House Small Business Committee and FAI Chairman Frank Clay, Jr.  It will be held in Vienna, Virginia at the Hilton Garden Inn – Tyson’s Corner.  In 2012 the FAI Board of Directors voted in favor of the NDAA and developed a three point outreach program to highlight the Act.  For more information on NDAA and to attend the event, visit FederalAllies.org.

Meetings with Newly-Elected Members of the 113th U.S. Congress

In preparation for Washington Days Conference 2013, Federal Allies Government Relations Committee continues with introductory meetings on Capitol Hill started immediately following the last election.  Meetings in February will include newly-elected U.S. Representatives Jim Bridenstine, OK (D-1) and Markwayne Mullin, OK (D-2).

Federal Allies Asked to Join SBA Leadership Group

U.S. Small Business Administration Chief Counsel Dr. Winslow Sargeant has enlisted Federal Allies Institute to participate in SBA Office of Advocacy policy-related meetings to strengthen the voice of small business by leveraging FAI’s nationwide small business membership and the Federal Allies Network.   Dr. Winslow provided the key-note address to small business at Washington Days Conference 2012.

David T. Boddie

Executive Director

Federal Allies Institute


Federal Allies News January 2013

January 3, 2013

The tumultuous goings-on between The White House and Capitol Hill on New Year’s Eve did not hinder small businesses from heading to the Federal Allies Institute Web site on New Year’s Eve to join.  Perhaps it compelled them.  We appreciate national correspondent Ralph E. Winnie, Jr.’s informative Congressional updates that evening.

In times like these Federal Allies offers clarity, real solutions, solid reasons and inviting forums in which federal contractors and government officials can collaborate.

And across America Federal Allies new Chapter Chairs look forward to offering small business federal contracting programming in your neighborhood.  Among them, Mickey Thompson, Chair, Oklahoma Chapter said, “Recent Oklahoma meetings were held December 20 in Tulsa; December 28 in Jenks; January 2 in Stillwater and Cushing; January 3 in Tulsa; and January 4 in Midwest City, Oklahoma City, and Norman.”  Mickey Thompson is Executive Director of Claremore Rogers County Partnership.  Thompson welcomes new members for the Oklahoma Chapter.  Advisory participants include Carter Merkle and Larry Findeiss of Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network, Kay Bills and James Ray of Mid America Government Industry Coalition and Native American Business Enterprise Center, and others.  If interested, contact Oklahoma@FederalAllies.org.

A FAI Texas Chapter leadership retreat was conducted on December 16 in Austin, TX.   If interested, contact Texas@FederalAllies.org.

Additional meetings were held in December in Missouri and Kansas on December 21.  Marquita Miller, is Chair, of the Kansas City-based Chapter.  Marquita Miller is President, Five Star Tax & Business Solutions.  If interested, contact KansasMissouri@FederalAllies.org.

As for the Washington, D.C. area, plan now to attend:

National Defense Authorization Act Breakfast

On February 5, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. FAI sponsors Notable Provisions of NDAA & Bouncing Back from the Fiscal Cliff.  Hilton Garden Inn, 8301 Boone Boulevard, Vienna, Virginia 22182.

Washington Days Conference

On May 6 and 7 FAI sponsors the annual Washington Days Conference.  Day One for Business Development Opportunities and Day Two to tackle legislative priorities on Capitol Hill.  Holiday Inn Capital, 550 C Street Southwest Washington, DC 20024 and Rayburn House Office Building.

Federal Allies Open

On June 25, play golf with federal contracting colleagues at Northwest Golf Course, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Elections

We congratulate the newly-elected members to the Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors.  For a complete list please visit FederalAllies.org.

On behalf of Federal Allies Institute, we look forward to helping the nation’s federal contracts community in 2013.  If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me at any time,

571-217-0823.

David T. Boddie

Executive Director